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Coyotes have long been one of the most controversial of all non-game animals. Agricultural interests have urged their control by whatever means necessary so that actual and potential livestock losses may be eliminated. Since 1891, when the first programs aimed at control were begun in California, nearly 500,000 coyotes have been reported destroyed at a cost of an estimated $30 million of the taxpayers' money.
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Brown recluse spiders are not indigenous to our state, as proven by studies from the University Of California, Riverside. But two other recluse species, the desert recluse and Chilean recluse, are High Desert dwellers. As the name implies, they are reclusive and don't bother humans. But unsuspecting contact can result in bites that dissolve human tissue and red blood cells. Such an encounter is largely non-fatal but can lead to health concerns and sickness if left untreated. It's the same story with the black widow, which loves to inhabit garages and tool sheds. A bite is unlikely unless the spider is accidentally handled, sat on, or intentionally played with. The pitch-black spider is easily identifiable with its red hourglass shape on the abdomen. Bites can be fatal to small children and animals, but again, those circumstances are rare. California+Desert+Animals | Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) among wildflowers in Joshua Tree ...
Photo provided by FlickrMiller, A. H., and R. C. Stebbins. 1964. The lives of desert animals in Joshua Tree NationalMonument. Univ. California Press, Berkeley. 452pp.
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The drought has affected all of California's vast diversity of wildlife in different ways, and the most at risk species tend to be smaller ones that can't pick up and move to other habitats. Take small animals in the Mojave Desert region. A lack of rainfall isn't unusual in the area—it is, after all, a desert—but a number of species have been able to adapt and thrive in a few of the marshes that dot the region. But those marshes are drying up, destroying the habitat of various fish native to the Mojave Desert like the Shoshone pupfish. And unusually, the underwater aquifers that provide water for species like the endangered Amargosa vole, which is only found in the Mojave, are also drying up.The black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) is very common in the California desert, where it feeds on shrubs and grasses. This animal spends much of its life running from its many predators, which include coyotes, rattlesnakes, red-tailed hawks and eagles. They're numbers are still great though and in some parts of California the black-tailed jackrabbit is considered a pest.California is home to a wide range of different landscapes and ecosystems, including desert. It has particularly extensive desert in the southern part of the state near the Mexican border. Here the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts merge to form an area that's home to hundreds of different plant and animal species. These organisms have adapted over thousands of years to survive in the hot, dry climate of the desert.The animals found in the Baja Peninsula also display adaptations for the hot, arid conditions of the desert. Most desert animals are light gray or buff in color, to provide camouflage and prevent light absorption. Most animals adapt to the heat by modifying their behavior such as only being active during cooler hours, burrowing and hibernating. The desert area offers a wide array of wildlife for you to observe. Many rodents live in the desert, including squirrels, gophers, mice, rats and rabbits. You will also find Amphibians and reptiles, such as lizards, geckos, chuckwallas and spiny tailed iguanas. Bats are plentiful in the desert, and they play a very important role in the pollination of flowering cacti and agaves. The most widespread mammal on the Baja Peninsula is the coyote. Kit fox, gray fox, ringtail, bobcat, lynx, badgers, mule deer, and Desert Bighorn sheep can also be found throughout the desert. While mountain lions don’t live in the desert itself, they are prevalent in the surrounding mountain areas. The Baja California Peninsula also hosts around 300 species of birds. While many people view desert areas barren and devoid of life, there’s no shortage of animal and plant life here!